Everyone wants whiter, healthier teeth. The teeth whitening industry is a big industry that makes huge profits off of oral hygiene products like teeth whitening creams and strips. You may have asked yourself while contemplating the high price of many of these products whether there was an equally effective natural alternative for teeth whitening. The good news is that there are quite a few alternatives to commercial teeth whitening products that most people have around the house. Even just taking additional steps to care for your teeth each day can help brighten your teeth. Here are a few of the top natural ways to whiten your teeth.
1. Lemon and Baking Soda
There isn’t a whole lot that the dynamic duo of baking soda and lemon can’t do. For natural household cleaning solutions and odor removers to teeth whiteners, keeping baking soda and lemon on hand at home is one of the best things you can do. The acidity of the lemon and the reaction it has with the more neutral baking soda can effectively remove stains from the enamel of your teeth.
Since the high acidity of lemon juice can easily damage the enamel by wearing it away, this whitening treatment shouldn’t be done more than once per week. Simply mix a little baking soda with lemon juice and gently brush it over your teeth. After a minute or so brush the mixture off with another brush and rinse your teeth. Over time, this solution can remove stains and whiten your teeth naturally.
2. Hard Fruits and Vegetables
Hard, crunchy fruits and vegetables like celery, carrots, apples, and pears can be good ways to clean and whiten your teeth. Chewing on these crunchy foods creates a scouring action to remove stains and bacteria from your teeth. The acids in these foods can help keep teeth whiter with regular consumption. Apples contain malic acid–a chemical that helps remove surface stains on teeth. Consequently, this is the same acid found in many commercial teeth whitening products. Also, try eating more strawberries since these are high in malic acid and vitamin C as well.
3. Floss Regularly
If you already floss every day, you are on the right track and should keep it up. If not, consider flossing more often since this can remove hard to see food and bacteria and will clean your teeth better than brushing. Flossing twice a day can help remove stains between the teeth that are harder to see but are contributing to discoloring. Doing this in conjunction with brushing the surface of your teeth should help to keep your teeth whiter and cleaner on a daily basis.
4. Drink with a Straw
Drinking highly acidic beverages with a straw can be a good way to keep your enamel from becoming affected by the drinks. A straw helps prevent the acidic liquids from touching the teeth too much and can be useful if you are serious about whitening and keeping your teeth white. Beverages like coffee, tea, soda, and wine are all highly acidic and wear down enamel over time. You might get some curious stares drinking your glass of wine with a straw, but you’ll be on your way to whiter teeth. Alternatively, you can always forego the straw on these kinds of occasions if you brush soon after to clean the acid and bacteria off your teeth.
by +Ben Vaughn
Ben Vaughn writes for Burg Pediatric Dentistry and the importance of getting proper oral care for kids. He has developed an interest in natural teeth whiteners and how they can be an effective alternative to chemical whitening products.